Bell Awards for UKZN Registrars

UKZN Psychiatry Registrars scooped MS Bell Awards at the South African Society of Psychiatrists’ Biological Psychiatry Congress held in Cape Town in September. The awards are bestowed by the College of Psychiatrists of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. Dr Thejini Naidoo’s presentation on Burnout, Anxiety and Depression in South African Doctors Working in

Seminar Explores Practical Approaches to Communication in Health Care

The seminar on Practical Approaches to Communication in Health Care in sub-Saharan Africa hosted by the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) in collaboration with UKZN’s Department of Family Medicine featured key local and international experts. Communication is central to health care provision, but is often dismissed as a “soft” skill and does not

Health Sciences Community Pledges to Protect Women

The School of Health Sciences hosted its Annual Oath Taking Ceremony in which final-year students took an oath to abide by the ethical and professional standards of all professional bodies … and this year at the same occasion, the School encouraged all male staff, students and parents in attendance to commit to protecting women against

UKZN Neurosurgeon Leads Team Performing Deep Brain Stimulation

A UKZN Neurosurgeon, Dr Nomusa Shezi, led a team of medical specialists and practioners who performed deep brain stimulation (DBS) procedures on two patients with movement disorders. The procedures were performed at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital in Durban where UKZN’s Discipline of Neurosurgery is based. The Discipline, a leader in the field of

UKZN Academic Appointed to Physiology Society

Senior lecturer and Physiologist in UKZN’s School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences, Dr Andile Khathi has been appointed Secretary General and Treasurer of the Physiology Society of Southern Africa (PSSA). The society that was founded in 1971 brings together physiologists and molecular biologists in southern Africa to discuss and shape the direction of scientific

Innovative Best Teaching Practices Promoted at Symposium

Excellence in Teaching and Learning through innovative best teaching practices was promoted at a College of Health Sciences’ (CHS) symposium. ‘This theme is very fitting because as a learning institution we continuously seek new ways our curriculum in the College can encourage innovation and creativity in students,’ said Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College

Young Vet Appointed BRU Manager

Dr Nqobile Jaca, has been appointed the Manager of the Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) in the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences. The BRU is one of the largest laboratory animal facilities in Southern Africa. Located on the north-western side of the Westville campus, it comprises three floors and over 7 000 sq. of

Global Shapers of UKZN Spearhead Health Awareness Drive

Mr Clement Agoni, a PhD student under the supervision of Pharmaceutical Chemistry’s Professor Mahmoud Soliman, and Medical School alumnus, Dr Thandeka Maphumulo, spearheaded a health awareness drive at the Umlazi U21 Clinic on 24 June. The initiative, which was part of Men’s Health Month, National Blood Donor Month, and Youth Month all commemorated in June

Neuroscience Group hosts Successful Symposium

UKZN’s School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences hosted a Neuroscience symposium which brought together academics, researchers and postgraduate students. Neuroscience is the multidisciplinary study of the structure and function of the nervous system. Much remains to be known in this field and it is a rich area for research and knowledge. Furthermore, the stigma